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Lawmakers Scold VA as They Seek to Fix Its Sudden Budget Gap

The Department of Veterans Affairs was scolded by both parties over its budget Wednesday as lawmakers scurried to find a fix to an unexpected shortfall of more than $1 billion that would threaten medical care for thousands of veterans in the coming months. Under repeated questioning, VA Secretary David Shulkin acknowledged the department may need emergency funds.

Denver man found guilty in federal court of bilking VA on false PTSD claim

A Denver man was convicted in federal court of making a false statement for

claiming to have PTSD and collecting VA disability,

despite not being assigned overseas or facing combat.

VA plans to close 430 buildings, freeze VBA office space

“We owe it to the American taxpayer to apply as much of our funding as possible to helping

veterans,” he said in a statement later in the day. “Maintaining vacant buildings,

including close to 100 from the Revolutionary War and Civil War, makes no sense,

and we’re working as quickly as possible to get them out of our inventory.”

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Who qualifies for Veterans Disability benefits?

Any service member who was injured or contracted a disease while on active duty in the U.S. military and honorably discharged is eligible for veterans disability benefits. The injury or disease could have occurred during service, or may have emerged afterwards, and while it might obvious to you that the disability is a result of your military service, sometimes the VA will deny the claim anyway. If that happens to you or someone you know, call
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​Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin plans integration

for VA, private health sector services

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin said Tuesday he plans to evaluate

ways the VA can integrate services with private health sectors based on geographic region. 

The VA should hire more doctors, not replace them with nurse practitioners

In January, the Veteran's Administration made the decision to allow nurse practitioners to

practice without any physician supervision. While nurse practitioners have a vital role to

play within the healthcare system, they are not doctors and are not qualified to

replace physicians — even in a primary care environment.

​Vision for VA: Fewer maternity services and cancer docs,

more private care options

Future Veterans Affairs clinics could feature fewer maternity services, fewer cancer

specialists and more reliance on private-sector clinics for routine or

non-military care, under Secretary David Shulkin’s vision for the department.  

But he insists that doesn’t amount to privatization of VA’s responsibilities. 

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Usually, the most important part of any claim for veterans disability benefits is being able to prove
that there is a “link” between your current medical conditions and your service while in the military.  This is called the “nexus”. The nexus, or link, between a veteran’s current disability and  something that happened to you “in-service” is often the hardest thing to prove in your claim for VA disability benefits.  However, without a nexus, your disability benefits claim with the

Veteran’s Administration (VA) WILL NOT WIN!

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Dear Veteran,

Would you like to make your doctor visit easier and faster?
Connecting your docs with the Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE), also known

as the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health program shares important parts of

your Veteran health record between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and your

community health care providers who participate in this program.
This allows your health care providers to access important information about your health

and provide you the best possible care. This exchange occurs over a secure

and private network known as the eHealth Exchange.

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Things You'll Need

Mail your forms, documents
and evidence here...
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI 53547-5235

Toll Free Fax: 844-822-5246

We recommend that you mail a copy
and then fax a copy!  Yes, it's twice the
work but maybe VA will only lose one
and the other will be processed.
Remember: Use Certified Mail!

Forms to File Claims

VA Form 21-526EZ
Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection

IncreasedDisability Compensation

Temporary Total Disability Rating
 Individual Unemployability
Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151
 Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing

Special Home Adaptation

Automobile Allowance/Adaptive Equipment
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child

VA Form 21-0958 - NOD
​Notice of Disagreement

VA Form 21-534 EZ

Application for DIC, Death Pension
Change of Address​

TDIU Annual - VA Form 4140
Declaration of Status
of Dependents
VA form 21-686c

How To

How To Apply For SSDI

How To Apply For

TDIU Unemployability

How To Use

Disability Benefits Questionnaires


How To Apply For A Disability Rating

How To Apply For An Increase

to an existing rating

How To Retrieve Your

Military Personnel Records

Research Your Claim

The M21-1MR

The Schedule For Rating Disabilities

Claim Denied Appeal

Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Veterans Administration [VA]


Defense Threat Reduction Agency

VA Payment for Emergency Care

Patient Record Flags

The Veterans Voice


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Brett Valette, PhD

UPDATED...April 2017

This is a series of stories

bringing light to the dark side of the

VA’s treatment of some Veterans

applying for disability.  Whether out

of frustration, desperation, anger, or

‘just to make it right” they contacted me, and together, we fought the injustice. 

These are actual cases and claims. 

I have changed names and identifying

information for confidentiality reasons.

Spotlight March 2017

This is the first in a series of stories bringing

light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment

of some Veterans applying for disability. 

Spotlight April 2017

Claim Killer DBQ Questions.
VA Spotlight is a series of stories bringing

light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment

of some Veterans applying for disability.

Whether out of frustration, desperation,

anger, or ‘just to makeit right” they contacted

me, and together, we fought the injustice.

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